I was looking for a fun theme for my vase this week, and I found it when I read a post from Lucy@Loose and Leafy; her Stuck Foot post. As Lucy says:
A stuck foot post is where you plant your foot firmly in a roughly random place and see what you can see without moving. Best is when you plant both feet but sometimes, as in this post, where you are on a slope or some other kind of difficult ground you may need to move the other around for the sake of balance. But you mustn’t move the ‘stuck’ foot. You can bend your body this way and that. You can lean forward and twist at the waist – but you mustn’t swivel that stuck-foot.
So I ventured out my back door, down the stairs, on to the patio and looked around. I decided to go to the right and down the stairs on to the grass path. It is pretty rough looking, overgrown and weedy right now.
I stopped in front of the echinacea, monarda and elderberry bush. This would be my area. What I see here would be used in the vase. Next to this area is a great stand of rudbeckia. Behind me on this side of the path is my Clethra bush just off the patio and on the other side of the gate.
As I twist I look toward the veg garden. Twisting more I see the common milkweed on the hill down from the pond. Still twisting we look at the weed-ridden herb garden and the waterfall of the pond as we look almost back to the patio.
I began cutting some rudbeckia, echinacea, Clethra and some volunteer Joe Pye. Then I found a unique open flowering goldenrod near the milkweed. Also growing on the pond garden hill is Scouring rush or Equisetum hyemale. I thought it would look great in the vase too. And lastly I wanted to incorporate some of the pink flowering Clethra bush. All these flowers visible from my Stuck Foot in the garden.
So here is the vase…..
I also decided to give you several views of this vase as I walked around it…a bit of a 360 degree vase view. And since I made some collages I am also linking this post to Judith@Lavender Cottage who is now hosting Mosaic Monday.
I have to say this vase was easy to make and lots of fun. I had one large echinacea flower left and decided to go back out for a few more flowers to my Stuck Foot area to make another vase.
A couple of Joe Pye and my go to Queen Anne’s Lace plant that lasts forever in a vase and voilà, another vase….
I left the leaves on the Joe Pye in each vase and it provided great greenery. I love the way the colors of the echinacea and Joe Pye worked well together.
So there are more two Stuck Foot Vases. I will be linking in with Lucy on August 21st for her Stuck Foot post.
I am also joining in with Brooke@Creative Country Mom for her Tuesday Garden Party where Brooke joins 5 other bloggers and shares the garden link love.
Have you ever stuck your foot in your garden and looked closely to see what is there? Give it a try. And join in with some of these other fun memes.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
Gerard de Nerval
Next up on the blog: Wednesday I will have another native plant to profile. I am delaying my midsummer veg garden report as it is sparse given the late start to my garden and the chilly weather we have been having. And next Monday, I’ll have another vase of flowers from my garden.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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